September 2020 TBR

September 7, 2020 in TBRs

It’s that time again where I share what I’m hoping to read this month – woohoo! That’s right, it’s time for my September TBR. 

You might remember that last month I shared a pretty ambitious 20 book heavy TBR. And naturally, I strayed from that list. Out of those 20, I only read 6. I failed my NEWTs and will not be graduating from Hogwarts. *cries*

However… I did manage to read 14 books in August which is pretty good! I’ll have a joint July and August wrap-up going live sometime in the near future so keep an eye out for that!

So what’s my reading plan for September 2020? Well, I’m not taking part in any readathons. (Though believe me, I was tempted!) But I will be focusing on two key events taking place this month: Latinx Heritage Month (September 15th – October 15th) and Banned Books Week (September 27th – October 3rd). I have a general TBR below which will be followed by the books I’ve chosen to read specifically for these events. Let’s get to it!

The Turn of the Key
by Ruth Ware

Okay so I confess I don’t know all that much about this one. From what I gather it’s about a creepy high-tech house, a live-in nanny, the death of a child and it’s somewhat based on The Turn of the Screw? So yeah, very excited to be kicking off the spooky season with this one!

The Grace Year
by Kim Liggett

A dystopian novel where women are feared and their sexual prowess is considered a weapon? Sign me up. 

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Time for an education on systemic racism in the UK. I’ve already started this one and am really enjoying it so far. There’s a lot of history here that I didn’t know which goes to show just how whitewashed our school history lessons really were. Slavery and civil rights were painted as a predominantly US issue when the reality is very different. In fact, slavery was abolished in the US years before it was abolished here. Who knew? Not me. 

I’m only on chapter 2 at the moment so still have a lot to learn from this book I’m sure. If you’ve been looking for an anti-racist book to check out, make it this one.

Too Much and Never Enough
by Mary L. Trump

I didn’t manage to finish this audiobook last month but I’m hoping to finish it in September now instead. Memoirs like this aren’t usually my cup of tea but this one is so great. As Mary L. Trump is a psychologist, a great proportion is centred around emotional abuse and the impact/consequences it has on a person. And yeah… it’s just an interesting perspective to see.

Women in Battle
by Marta Breen & Jenny Jordahl

You know me, I love a good graphic novel. Women in Battle is a graphic guide to intersectional feminism across the world and over the last 150 years. It’s aimed at YA/teen audiences so it is pretty accessible but has some images that made me feel uncomfortable as a HSP. (Think lots of violence/gore/murder.) But it packs a lot into it and I’ve come out the other end knowing a lot more about feminism than I did. (Yes, I’ve already finished this one. That’s what happens when you don’t finish your TBR post on time!)

Pain is Really Strange
by Steve Haines

As someone who suffers from chronic pain, I wanted to read this little graphic guide to understand what pain is. I’ve already finished this one and sadly it left a bad taste.

Virtually Yours
by Jeremy Holt

A diverse romance graphic novel centred around a fake dating app? Yes, please. 

Latinx Heritage Month - September 2020 TBR

They Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera

This one is set in a near future where people receive a call on the day of their death letting them know they’re going to die today. (I have mixed feelings about this.) So this centres around two teenage boys who team up as Last Friends on their final day so that they don’t have to die alone. I’m expecting big emotions from this one. BIG.

Untamed Shore
by Silvia moreno-Garcia

I was reading this on Scribd last month and was loving it – so you can imagine my frustration when I’d exceeded my usage and lost access to it. Anyway this one is about a young woman in Mexico who gets a job looking after these rich American folk and I believe it ends in murder and a potential cover-up? I’m not that far into it to be sure but it’s beautifully written and I can already tell that I’m going to be a big fan of Silvia Moreno-Garcia. (Also yes, I’ll be reading Mexican Gothic in October. How could I not??)

With the Fire on High & The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo

I loved Clap When You Land so much that I just couldn’t wait to dive into Elizabeth Acevedo’s other works. So this month I’ll be going for both With the Fire on High and The Poet X. Am I excited? You bet!

You Had Me at Hola
by Alexis Daria

As you may know, romance isn’t really my genre of choice – but I do make exceptions. I loved watching Jane the Virgin so I’m really excited to see that telenovella style storytelling and romance here. 

Like Water for Chocolate
by Laura Esquivel

My husband has been recommending this book to me for years now. He read it in Spanish at school, loved it and is sure I’ll love it too. Apparently it’s about a couple who aren’t allowed to marry so the guy marries the sister of the woman he loves in order to be close to her anyway and there’s magical realism and recipes… and yeah, I’m pretty excited.

Banned Books Week 2020: September 2020 TBR

by Marjane Satrapi

Finally, the book I have chosen to read for Banned Books Week. I did a lot of research into books that have been banned or challenged and Persepolis was on last month’s TBR but I just never got around to it so that seemed like the perfect choice.

If I can squeeze in a second “banned book” then I will but this TBR is already pretty ambitious. (Especially since I have a few ARC requests awaiting response…)

For more on Banned Books Week, check out:

Which books are on your September TBR? Let me know in the comments below!


  • Jupiter Hadley September 7, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Women in Battle sounds interesting! It’s good to take a break from read-a-thons and go at your own pace from time to time. 🙂

    • Hayley September 7, 2020 at 11:04 am

      Thanks Jupiter, you’re so right! I love readathons but sometimes they can feel more like a chore than a fun activity.

      And Women in Battle was a fab read! I really enjoyed it. 🙂

      • Reads and Ramblings September 7, 2020 at 11:53 am

        Amazinv list. I find banned books so interesting and I’ve loved diversifying my reading with BIPOC authors and focusing on different cultures. Readathons can be so stressful and I’m not taking part in any this month either because i never finish them. This is a much more accessible plan!! Xxx

        • Hayley September 7, 2020 at 3:31 pm

          Thank you! I completely agree, sometimes you just need to read what you want to read. 🙂

  • Smelly socks and garden peas September 7, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Some interesting and varied titles there. Hope you enjoy them. I’ll be glad to finish what I’m on and try something new.

    • Hayley September 7, 2020 at 3:32 pm

      Thank you, I hope so too!

  • A Cup of Wonderland September 7, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    You have a great selection of books on your TBR! I read Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race a few months ago and it was such an educational read, I honestly felt like I learnt so much and will be certainly rereading it in the future.

    • Hayley September 7, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      Thank you so much and I agree it’s definitely one to come back to!

  • Jenny in Neverland September 7, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    They Both Die At the End is SO GOOD! Get the tissues ready!

    • Hayley September 7, 2020 at 3:29 pm

      There was one moment where I cried early on and it suddenly hit me that I’m not emotionally prepared for the inevitable ending haha.

  • Liz September 7, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Wow you’ve got a lot of books to be reas this month! I’ve only got Jojo Moyes The Last Letter from your Lover this month and well if I finish early, I’d pick another book but I don’t know what yet. It all depends on my mood.🙂

    • Hayley September 7, 2020 at 3:38 pm

      Thanks Liz! There’s nothing wrong with being more of a mood reader. I feel like if I don’t go in with a game plan, I won’t read anything because I’ll panic at having to choose haha. Somehow I find it easier to pick 10+ books than 1! 🙂

  • Lucy September 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Some really interesting books on your September TBR list! I really want to read Why I’m No Longer Talking About Race, that sounds like a really good read x

    Lucy |

    • Hayley September 7, 2020 at 6:16 pm

      Thanks Lucy! It is a really good book, highly recommend checking it out when you can. 🙂

  • Lauren September 7, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Great picks. I’ll be adding some of these to be TBR pile. I read They Both Die At The End a couple of year ago, it’s a fantastic book but definitely had me in tears.

    • Hayley September 7, 2020 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks Lauren! I’m expecting to cry a lot!

  • claire September 7, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Wow a real mixture here to keep you busy for the next month. I am really looking forward to reading ‘Why I am no longer talking to white people about race’ I just keep hearing so many great things about it.
    Enjoy your reading x x

    • Hayley September 8, 2020 at 9:58 am

      Thanks Claire! 🙂

  • Amie September 7, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    I’ve read why I’m no longer talking to white people about race and honestly it was one of the most eyeopening books I’ve read!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    • Hayley September 8, 2020 at 10:07 am

      Right? There are so many things that I never knew about!

  • Jaya Avendel September 7, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Like water for chocolate sounds like the line of a poem and I love, love the premise! There is nothing more interesting then marriage for private reasons. They Both Die at the End is also a read I am anticipating. If you review your to-read books, I will be reading your reviews!

    My to-read list is currently The Dark Half by K.M Allan. 🙂

    • Hayley September 8, 2020 at 10:10 am

      Thanks Jaya! I’ll be back to doing monthly wrap-ups very soon so my mini reviews for this month’s reads will go live early October. 🙂 Possibly sooner on Goodreads!

  • lifestyleseason September 8, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Great post! Thank you for sharing this! I’ll definitely have to check out some of these books! Hope you enjoy them!

    • Hayley September 10, 2020 at 2:47 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Lisa Alioto September 8, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Love the variety of your authors and topics – you are very well read!

    • Hayley September 10, 2020 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks Lisa, I try to mix it up as much as I can. 🙂

  • ShootingStarsMag September 9, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    Good luck with all your reads this month. I loved Persepolis, and With the Fire on High. I liked The Poet X too, but I had some issues with the mom. I have Clap When You Land that I hope to read soon!! And I also have They Both Die at the End, but I like the author in general. More Happy Than Not is a personal favorite of his.


    • Hayley September 10, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks Lauren! Hope you enjoy Clap When You Land and They Both Die at the End when you finally get around to them. I loved them both so much. 🙂

  • Heather September 10, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    That Ruth Ware sounds really good, I had an ARC of her upcoming book One by One and I loved it! Enjoy your books!

    • Hayley September 11, 2020 at 9:15 am

      Ooh yes I’m hearing great things about One by One! It’ll probably be a while until I get around to it but it sounds like such a great thrilling wintery read. 🙂

  • Serena September 12, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Love how varied these books are! Hope you enjoy With the Fire on High – it’s such a brilliant book!

    Serena /

    • Hayley September 14, 2020 at 9:02 am

      Thanks Serena! I think I might be pushing With the Fire on High until Nov/Dec now because we’re halfway through the month and I’m very behind haha. But I am really looking forward to it! 🙂

  • Ellis James Designs September 14, 2020 at 9:29 am

    I’m always looking for new recommendations, thanks for these!

    • Hayley September 16, 2020 at 10:38 am

      You’re very welcome! 🙂

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